Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

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English (Rhetoric and Communication Design)

Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Rhetoric and Composition
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
National: $9,000

This cost estimate represents the tuition for the first year.


Welcome! The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo offers unique undergraduate and graduate programs covering the study of literature, rhetoric, professional writing, and digital media. Our professors have national and international reputations in these areas, and we boast many awards for teaching.

Our programs provide the tools you need to develop your analytical and critical communication capacities, your understanding of digital media, your sensitivity to language and its uses, your practical writing abilities, and your love of literature. Our diverse faculty teach exciting courses ranging from Chaucer to global English literature, from information design to experimental digital media and cyberculture. The department has a graduate student society and an undergraduate student society.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • An Honours Bachelor's degree in English, or its equivalent, with an average of at least 78% in English courses, and at least 75% overall.
  • Those with Honours degrees not in English may apply to the program but may be required to take as many as 10 undergraduate courses in English to prepare them for graduate-level study in the discipline.
  • Additional courses will be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Officer and will generally correspond to the minor program in English. When applying for admission to the program, candidates may also be asked to submit a portfolio of undergraduate or professional writing.
  • Application Notes : Application materials:
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • 3 References: at least 2 academic
  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 30, 2022